Workshop on Metagenomics in Fisheries Research held in Kolkata
Kolkata: The ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore organized a two-day
workshop on “Metagenomics in Fisheries Research” from 1 st to 2nd December – 2018 at ICAR Central
Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata . The workshop was jointly organized by Inland
Fisheries Society of India, Barrackpore, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore
and ICAR-Indian Agricultural Statistical Research Institute, New Delhi.
The aim of the workshop was to cover the use of publicly available resources for the management,
sharing, analyzing and interpreting NGS data in various fields of microbial community studies, viz.,
water, sediment and soil, gut and skin and antibiotic resistance microbiome.
Dr. George John, Former Vice Chancellor, Birsa Agriculture University, Ranchi marked his presence as
the Chief Guest along with Dr. P.K. Agarwal, ADG, National Agricultural Science Fund, ICAR and Dr.
Anil Rai, Head, Centre for Agricultural Bioinformatics, Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute
as Guests of Honor.
Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI and Convenor of the workshop highlighted the challenges being
faced by the researchers in the field.
Some potential uses of Metagenomics in the study of microbial diversity, microbial roles in microcosms,
antibiotic resistance genes, novel and potential pathogens, microbial communities forming bioflocs,
probiotics and other applications were also addressed during the workshop.
The workshop was attended by more than 70 researchers and scientists.